Wolf Hunting News

Montana FWP Commission Discusses Application for Wolf Take Permit

Montana's Fish, Wildlife & Parks Commission met Oct. 7 at the FWP Helena Headquarters.

The business meeting included final decisions on the donation of a 160-acre in holding at Makoshika State Park in Glendive; 2011 fishing regulation changes, acquisition of a conservation easement on lands in the west Swan Valley; adjustments to elk plan objectives; land acquisitions in FWP Regions 1 and 3, and a 4,900-acre conservation easement on the Moline Ranch near Geraldine in Chouteau County.

Idaho Submits Wolf Kill Proposal

Idaho Fish and Game has submitted a proposal to kill at least 40 to 50 wolves in the Lolo elk management zone in northern Idaho.

Fish and Game is seeking authority from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service under section 10(j) of the Endangered Species Act to reduce wolf numbers in response to their effects on elk herds in the Lolo zone.

Wolf Pup in Washington Indicates 3rd Wolf Pack Possibility

A gray wolf pup recently trapped and radio-collared near the Canadian border in northeast Washington indicates the state may be home to a third breeding wolf pack.

A wolf specialist hired by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) caught the 50-pound young wolf earlier this month in northern Pend Oreille County, just south of the Canadian border. Attempts are under way to locate and radio-collar adult wolves in the area.

Michigan Wolves One Step Closer to Delisting by USFWS

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) announced the results of an initial review of petitions they received to remove grey wolves in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan from the federal endangered species list, saying the information in the petitions may warrant delisting species.

Idaho F&G Explains Decision Regarding Wolves

Wildlife managers and biologists agree that the wolf population in Idaho recovered years ago, and that wolf numbers now need to be controlled to reduce conflicts with people and wildlife.

The recent court decision bypassed science and put Idaho wolves back under the protection of the Endangered Species Act based on a legal technicality. Now we must deal with a difficult situation.

Montana Will Appeal Wolf Ruling

Montana's top wildlife official confirmed that his agency will appeal the recent district court ruling that returned the region's recovered wolves to the federal endangered species list.

Joe Maurier, director of Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, told a coalition of wildlife conservation and livestock groups that Montana has "a recovered wolf population and we will appeal."

Montana Asks Outdoorsmen For Help With Wolf Sightings

State wildlife officials remind landowners, hikers, anglers, OHV riders and others in the outdoors that they can help Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks to monitor wolves this autumn by using the Internet.

"Over the past several years, we've depended on hunters, landowners, and many others who spend time outdoors to be an important source of wolf-related information," said Ken McDonald, chief of the wildlife bureau for FWP in Helena.

Idaho Commission Wants Lead in Wolf Management

Idaho should remain in the lead role in managing wolves despite their return to endangered species status, the Idaho Fish and Game Commission decided Monday, August 16.

But commissioners want a new agreement with the federal government for lead management to include some changes to restrict the use of license dollars from being used on wolf management and to reflect state priorities better.

Montana Joins Federal Lawsuit on Wolves

Following the recent district court ruling that returned the region's wolves to the endangered species list, state wildlife officials continue to press federal authorities to provide management options that would bring the wolf population in balance with other wildlife and the people who live and work in Montana.

Wisconsin Offers New Web Based Alerts on Wolf Activity

Administrators from the natural resource agencies in 13 Midwestern states and three Canadian provinces have signed a joint resolution urging the U.S. Department of the Interior's Fish and Wildlife Service to remove the gray wolf from the federal endangered species list.